Eastern Painted Turtle
Chrysemys p. picta
Photo of Eastern Painted Turtle courtesy of Corey Wickliffe
The Midland Painted and the Eastern Painted are two subspecies of Painted
Turtle. They share a similar appearance.
Slow-moving shallow water habitats with muddy bottoms and aquatic
vegetation, including ponds, marshes, lakes, river pools and ditches. It can
be found in both fresh and brackish water.
The most conspicuous basking turtle we have, they can be active in any
month, but typically observed basking April to September. Observe them
through binoculars on fallen logs and debris along shorelines, typically in
early morning, midday and early afternoon. Also, find them on land nesting
in loose soil from late May to early July.
Painted turtles are found throughout Maryland. Eastern Painted Turtles
will be found in the southern and eastern counties and may breed with
Midland Painteds where they overlap in Central Maryland.
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